If you are an aged person or a younger person with a disability (or a carer of such a person) and have difficulty accessing public transport or a private vehicle, you could be eligible for community transport services.
These services are located throughout south-east Queensland and can usually help you with transport to non-urgent medical appointments, shopping, and social activities. Once you are registered, a few days' notice is usually required.
Refer to the Translink website (external site) for more details of the community service in your area.
The Brisbane City Council organises shared taxis at scheduled times through its Council Cab service. The service operates weekly or twice weekly in some areas and costs between $1 and $3 for each one way trip. The service picks you up from your home and takes you to your local shopping centre, bank or medical centre. Further details can be found on the Brisbane City Council website (external site).
The hospital is well serviced by public transport. Call TransLink on 13 12 30 or use the TransLink Journey Planner (external site) to find out which buses are available. Click here to access a map of the bus stops (PDF 160kb) close to the hospital. The Chermside bus station map (external site) will show you where you can catch buses which will take you to the hospital.
Translink has introduced a FlexiLink bus service to make it easier for less mobile passengers to travel between the hospital and Westfield Chermside shopping centre. For more information download your copy of the Prince Charles Hospital public transport guide (PDF 376kb) effective January 2010.
General information about car parking, maps of the hospital campus and other information for patients and visitors can be found using http://www.health.qld.gov.au/tpch/html/information.asp.
If you are travelling to The Prince Charles Hospital to access specialist services and there are no other such services closer to where you live, you may be eligible to receive subsidies for your travel to and from the hospital.
For Queensland residents, your local hospital must be more than 50 km from The Prince Charles Hospital.
For New South Wales residents, you must be travelling more than 100 km from your home to The Prince Charles Hospital.
Northern Territory residents will be eligible, as long as a specialist in the Northern Territory has recommended that you travel to Brisbane for your treatment.
Queensland Health's Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme
Your local hospital may subsidise your return travel to Brisbane. The doctor referring you to the specialist must complete an application form which you must submit to your local hospital's patient travel office before you travel.
In exceptional circumstances, you may be approved to have an escort on medical grounds and their travel and accommodation will also be subsidised. Accommodation is subsidised at the rate of $30 per night. Details of accommodation close to The Prince Charles Hospital can be downloaded here (pdf 18kb).
Further details about the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme are available on the Queensland Health website.
New South Wales Health's Transport for Health Scheme
Your local Area Health Service may subsidise your travel to The Prince Charles Hospital. Ideally your local doctor will complete the referral form when they refer you to specialist treatment, but you are able to make a retrospective claim up to six months after you travel. Part of the form needs to be completed by your specialist, or one of the junior doctors if you are an inpatient. See the New South Wales Health website (external site) for further details.
Northern Territory Health's Patient Assistance Travel Scheme
If you live in the Northern Territory, your travel to Brisbane will be arranged by your local hospital after your specialist has recommended that you travel and the local Patient Assistance Travel Scheme Committee has approved this. Further information is available from the Northern Territory Health website (external site).